2022 Hyundai Kona

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2022 Hyundai Kona Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 17, 2021

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The crossover craze doesn’t seem to settle down any soon. To make the best of such demands, every automaker is trying their hands to attract a bigger crowd with updated and fresh products. Something similar was done by the Korean automaker, Hyundai with the 2022 Kona.

2022 Hyundai Kona Latest Updates

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Pros

All-new N-line trim introduced

Upgraded optional powertrain

Upgraded exterior appeal

Cons

N-line trim adds just cosmetic upgrades rather than powertrain upgrades.

Sluggish base engine

What's New?

Updated exterior design

A framing device breaks up all that rear black cladding

New waterfall concept designed dashboard

The N-line version also brings along a dedicated 18-inch alloy wheel design

Large rear aerodynamic diffuser along with dual exhaust tips


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lbs.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11/10.3 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

102.4 in.

length

164 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

61 in.

curb weight

2890 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

45.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1089 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/27/29 mpg

highway range

382.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures


Trims

SE $20,400 Est. onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2L | Inline 4 | regular unleaded

Colors and Styles

2022 Hyundai Kona in pulse red color
pulse red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The 2022 Hyundai Kona was reintroduced with significant changes and the introduction of the N-Line sport trim. Now the Kona has joined Hyundai Elantra, Sonata, and Tucson in the “N-Line” version group while the Veloster N remains the only offering with true high-performance credibility sold in the US. The crossover has received exterior and powertrain tweaks too.

2022 Hyundai Kona Features

Hyundai has really taken a shine to the Kona brand across the world, and with good reason. A handsome exterior, reliable mechanicals, and uncluttered interiors make for a promising platform upon which they have based an all-electric model in other markets as well. They continue to offer various gas-powered variants in the States that strike a great balance between performance and fuel economy. We expect the Kona to carry over its six trim levels from the previous model year. The Korean manufacturer also offers the N-line variant for a more ‘aggressive’ driving experience for those who want one.

Trims

SE

SEL

SEL+

Night

Limited

Ultimate

N-Line

MSRP

$21,000

$22,990

$25,150

$26,750

$26,950

$29,900

$27,000

Features

16-inch alloy wheels

In addition to /replacing SE features:

In addition to /replacing SEL features:

In addition to /replacing SEL+ features:

In addition to /replacing Night features:

In addition to /replacing Limited features:

195 hp turbo petrol engine

 

Cloth Upholstery

Heated outer rear view mirrors

Front fog lights

Gloss-paint covered outer rear view mirrors 

Leather upholstery

Heads-up display

Steering Mounted Controls

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Rear privacy glass

Optional Power tilt/slide sunroof

LED Taillamps

Wireless device charging

Smart Cruise Control (SCC)


 

18” alloys 

 

Automatic headlights

3-step heated front seats

8-way power-adjustable driver seat and power lumbar support

Black, high-gloss front grille

Automatic temperature control

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FCA-Ped)

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System


 
 

6-way manually adjustable front seats

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Roof rails

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

Parking Distance Warning

N-Line themed interior

*expected

We Recommend

The Hyundai Kona offers decent straight-line performance in any of its trims, but the N-line offers a more direct driving experience with an AWD system that shows much more urgency than the same system that is optional in other trims. That being said, the way it drives is only preferable for some, and the rest of the Kona trims offer a more sedate driving experience. If punchy performance isn’t on your list of expectations, then the fully loaded Ultimate trim is a great option to have, considering it is only $10k more expensive than the base SE variant and offers so much more.

Price

The pricing for the 2022 Hyundai Kona has not been announced, but we expect it to be near the price range of the previous model year, that was, $20,400 to $29,450.

Release Date

The 2022 Hyundai Kona will go on sale this Spring according to their official website.

2022 Hyundai Kona Engine and Performance

The 2022 Hyundai Kona has two different engine offerings to choose from. The base models fit with a 2.0L GDI Inline-4 engine that cranks out 147-hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic gearbox, while a CVT is a new optional addition to pick with the base engine. The 2.0L GDI does put out attractive figures but isn’t the most punchy block. The performance feels underpowered and should fit great for daily driving. The new addition of CVT should add more convenience and better economy, but the previous 6-speed automatic would also get the same job done as well.

Upgrading to the limited or the new N-line trim will fetch the enthusiasts an upgraded 1.6L 4-cylinder direct-injected turbocharged engine that pushes out 195 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque from 1500-4500 rpm, 20-hp more than the previous model years. The engine is paired to a re-tuned seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission which would further enhance the performance aspects and driving experience by quicker shifts and brisk acceleration. This would be a perfect spendthrift option over the sluggish base engine.

Models

2022 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Mazda CX-3

MSRP

$22,000

$22,000

$19,070

$21,685

Engine

2.0L GDI 4-cylinder

1.8L NA Inline-4

1.6L NA Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic

CVT

CVT

6-Speed shiftable automatic

Power

147 hp @ 6200 RPM

141 hp @ 6500 RPM

122 hp @ 5800 RPM

148 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

127 lb-ft @ 4300 RPM

114 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

146 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

The 2022 Hyundai Kona does have an edge over some rivals like the Honda HR-V and the Nissan Kicks. It is an efficient pick for city and highway cruise through its lethargic and sluggish acceleration would definitely disappoint buyers looking for more. All the rivals are front-wheel driven, while the 2022 Kona also offers optional all-wheel drive.

2022 Hyundai Kona Fuel Economy

The crossover segment targets the audience looking for compact cars with efficient motors under their hood. The 2022 Kona should qualify for such a group with its sluggish yet efficient 2.0L Inline-4 engine. The engine delivers 27/33/30 mpg in city/highway/combined scenarios. The efficiency figures for the 1.6L punchy blocks are yet to be announced, though it would definitely be below the base engine figures. 

Models

2022 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Mazda CX-3

MPG (City)

27

26

31

29

MPG (Highway)

33

32

36

34

MPG (Combined)

30

28

33

31

Fuel Capacity

13.2 gallons

13.2 gallons

10.8 gallons

12.7 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

369.6/422.4/392 miles

356/435/369 miles

334.8/388.8/356 miles

368.3/431.8/393.7 miles

The 2022 Kona will fit the same 13.2-gallon fuel tank and can crunch a combined 392 miles on average with the base engine fitted to it. The 2022 Hyundai Kona is not the table leader as the spot is earned by the Kicks with the best economy figures owing to an underpowered engine and a frugal CVT.

2022 Hyundai Kona Interior

The 2022 Hyundai Kona brings certain changes to the interior. There’s added insulation and new windshield glass to improve NVH. The dash adds a new climate control bar and the console is disconnected from the instrument panel yet the recess for a wireless smartphone charger is visible. Besides these, the Kona has added a second-row room and cargo space. The sophisticated and progressive appearance of the interiors remains intact.

The cabin is well laid out, and the ergonomics are quite comfy for vehicles of such size. Decent quality materials are furnishing the cabin along with optional leather upholstery available for adding levels of high-class appeal to the Kona. There’s ambient lighting to illuminate the cupholder and footwells, while an aluminum-like finish adds refinement. The infotainment setup remains unchanged in lower trim levels.

The SE and SEL trim fit standard 8-inch touchscreen wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and dual front USB ports. There’s an optional 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.3-inch touchscreen which come standard with a Limited trim level, surprisingly, the bigger screens miss out on the wireless capability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Models

2022 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Mazda CX-3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6/55.5/41.5

39.5/56.8/38.3

40.7/53.0/43.7

38.4/53.5/41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/54.5/34.6

38.3/54.5/39.3

38.5/53.2/33.2

37.2/50.4/35.0

Trunk capacity (cu-ft)

19.2

24.3

25.3

17.8

The Nissan Kicks offers the most spacious cabin and cargo capacity in the rivalry. While buyers looking for upscale and premium interiors can opt for any of the above rivals, as each of them has its own charm. The Hyundai offers the most simple layout in its interiors, while Mazda gets ergonomics spot-on in the CX-3, and it can be fairly luxurious if you want it to be. Interior features in the Kona include:

  • 7-inch touchscreen upgradeable to an 8-inch touchscreen color display with navigation
  • Optional leather seats 
  • 60/40 split fold-down and reclining rear seatback with the adjustable head restraint
  • Optional Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay connectivity 
  • Hyundai Bluelink Connected Car System
  • External temperature display 

2022 Hyundai Kona Exterior

The 2022 Hyundai Kona has received impressive exterior tweaks. The refreshed Kona features new front and rear bumpers that add distinctive character. The old, massive grille has been divided into two individual grilles, where the lower grille mimics rugged skid plate elements. The 2022 Kona now offers N-line trims that add sportiness to the standard Kona. The N-line version also features 18-inch alloy wheels that catch the attention of passing eyes.

Models

2022 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Mazda CX-3

Curb Weight

3126 lbs

2906 lbs

2639 lbs

2932 lbs

Length

164”

170.4”

169.1”

168.3”

Width

70.9”

69.8”

69.3”

69.6”

Height

61.6”

63.2”

62.4”

60.7”

Ground Clearance

6.7”

7.3”

7.0”

6.1”

Wheelbase

102.4”

102.8”

103.1”

101.2”

The 2022 Kona has a long wheelbase, short overhang, and wide track that devise planted stance that results in exceptional agility in urban environments with enhanced linear stability and rides comfort. It is the heftiest among the rivals, while the lengthy Honda HR-V offers the lightest riding quality in the lot. The Hyundai Kona is a well-designed car, and some of its exterior features include:

  • Projector headlamps upgradeable to LED headlights with DRLs
  • Automatic headlights
  • Body-color exterior rearview mirrors (except Night trim)
  • Roof rails 
  • Shark-fin antenna

2022 Hyundai Kona Safety

The 2022 Hyundai Kona is far from being tested by safety institutes but it carries over the same robust chassis and plethora of safety features as the previous model year. The 2021 Kona has been awarded a superior 5-star safety rating by the NHTSA, while the IIHS has crowned it with the “2021 Top Safety Pick'' title. The safety and driver assistance feature suite includes:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
  • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop and go
  • Highway Drive Assist (HDA)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Safe Exit Warning (SEW)

2022 Hyundai Kona Competition

2022 Hyundai Kona vs 2021 Honda HR-V

The 2022 Hyundai Kona is mightier and more powerful than the 2022 Honda HR-V. The same lead can be seen in the case of fuel economy. Kona has a more modern and progressive interior, while the Honda HR-V needs an interior upgrade to replace all the hard plastic and add more modern tech. Both rivals being front-wheel driven, offer similar driving dynamics, though both can be upgraded to AWD as an option.

2022 Hyundai Kona vs 2021 Nissan Kicks

Both the Kona and Kicks offer incredible styling, upscale and modern interior, and infotainment, and competitive safety tech. But the Nissan Kicks has less attractive power figures but it turns things around by being more efficient.

2022 Hyundai Kona vs 2021 Mazda CX-3

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 offers the most attractive figures in the rivalry, and also leads the 2022 Kona in terms of brisker acceleration and better handling. It also offers more economical figures than the 2022 Kona that makes it suitable for both daily drives and pushing it to limits once in a while. Kona offers a more spacious cabin and a wider suite of safety features than the Mazda. The CX-3 is elegant and stunning and looks more appealing than the 2022 Kona, but in the end, it’s the buyer’s call.

2022 Hyundai Kona Final Verdict

The 2022 Hyundai Kona and the upgrades will surely receive a warm welcome from the crowd; the newly introduced N-line trim does offer a sportier makeover to the standard Kona. The interior has received updates too and is quite appealing to both the younger crowd with better tech and to the older generation with rugged yet comfortable interiors.

The cabin is quite practical and spacious. The 2022 Kona and its first-class safety ratings in the crash tests of safety institutes will make it a better deal than the rivals, and with a plethora of safety features is already better than some popular nameplates.

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